Over the holiday of passover, I find myself doing a lot more dishes than normal. We use completely separate dishes for the holiday, since the requirement to eliminate all chametz (leavened products) extends to all of our regular dishes, which have been contaminated from contact with bread products over the course of the year. It’s kind of like cooties.
The chametz prohibition extends to our dishwasher as well, so that means that all dishes during the eight day holiday have to be done by hand. It really makes you appreciate the modern convenience of the dishwasher during the rest of the year.
Dishes, glasses and pots aren’t so bad, but what really drive me nuts is the tupperware. I don’t know why, but there is something about plastic that makes it a magnet for oil and grease. You scrub it with a sponge, soap, and hot water, and you find that it still has a slippery film coating it.
Someone once taught me a trick for how to clean oily tupperwares, and since we are still halfway through the holiday, I thought I would pass it along to my fellow Jews slaving away washing their pesach dishes.
The secret is to eliminate the water and sponge and just use the raw grease cutting power of the soap directly. Here are the steps:
- Remove any food reside from the tupperware (you can use water for this, just make sure to shake the water out so that it doesn’t pool at the bottom).
- Put a squirt of soap directly into the container.
- Use your fingers to spread the soap all along the inside surface of the tupperware. It’s kind of like finger painting. (Add more soap if necessary)
- Once the whole inside of the tupperware is thinly coated in soap, rinse it out with hot water
- Dry the tupperware with a hand towel
When you are done, you will find the container squeaky clean with no oily residue. I’ve done with with all kinds of food, including greasy meat or chicken that leave hard to remove fat. It works like a charm.
So yes, the answer is just soap. Not a trick really, more a technique for exactly how to use it.
Passover is more than half over. Hang in there!